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  • questore (Italian government official)

    Italy: Regional and local government: …province and communes; and the questore, who is the provincial chief of the state-run police.

  • Quetelet, Adolphe (Belgian astronomer, sociologist, and statistician)

    Adolphe Quetelet, Belgian mathematician, astronomer, statistician, and sociologist known for his application of statistics and probability theory to social phenomena. From 1819 Quetelet lectured at the Brussels Athenaeum, military college, and museum. In 1823 he went to Paris to study astronomy,

  • Quetelet, Lambert Adolphe Jacques (Belgian astronomer, sociologist, and statistician)

    Adolphe Quetelet, Belgian mathematician, astronomer, statistician, and sociologist known for his application of statistics and probability theory to social phenomena. From 1819 Quetelet lectured at the Brussels Athenaeum, military college, and museum. In 1823 he went to Paris to study astronomy,

  • Quetico Belt (geological region, Canada)

    Precambrian: Age and occurrence of greenstone-granite belts: Wawa, Wabigoon, and Quetico belts of the Superior province of Canada; the Dharwar belts in India; and the Warrawoona and Yilgarn belts in Australia.

  • Quetico Provincial Park (park, Ontario, Canada)

    Quetico Provincial Park, wilderness park, southwestern Ontario, Canada, west of Lake Superior and adjoining the U.S. border. Established in 1913, the park has an area of 1,832 sq mi (4,744 sq km). The region was formerly the site of a major east–west route used by Indians, explorers, and traders.

  • Quetlavaca (Aztec ruler)

    Cuitláhuac, 10th Aztec ruler, who succeeded his brother Montezuma II in June 1520. Cuitláhuac rebelled against the Spanish occupation of Tenochtitlán, decimating Hernán Cortés’ forces in their retreat from the city on the noche triste (Spanish: “sad night”) of June 30, 1520. During his four-month

  • Quetta (division, Pakistan)

    Quetta: Quetta division (area 53,115 sq mi), constituted in 1955, comprises the districts Quetta, Pishīn, Zhob, Loralai, Sibi, and Chāgai. Mostly mountainous, it is bounded east by the Sulaimān Range and north by the Toba Kākar Range, separating it from Afghanistan. South of Chaman (near the…

  • Quetta (Pakistan)

    Quetta, city, district, and division of Balochistān province, Pakistan. The name is a variation of kwatkot, a Pashto word meaning “fort,” and the city is still locally known by its ancient name of Shāl or Shālkot. The city is the divisional and district headquarters and is an important marketing

  • Quetta (district, Pakistan)

    Quetta: Quetta district is bounded north by Pishīn district, west by Afghanistan, east by Sibi district, and south by Kalāt and Chāgai districts. Physically it comprises a series of long valleys 4,500–5,500 ft above sea level enclosed by the Central Brāhui range in the south and…

  • quetzal (bird)

    Quetzal, (genus Pharomachrus), any of five species of colourful birds belonging to the genus Pharomachrus of the trogon family (Trogonidae). All five species—the white-tipped quetzal (P. fulgidus), the crested quetzal (P. antisianus), the golden-headed quetzal (P. auriceps), the resplendent quetzal

  • Quetzalcóatl (Mesoamerican god)

    Quetzalcóatl, (from Nahuatl quetzalli, “tail feather of the quetzal bird [Pharomachrus mocinno],” and coatl, “snake”), the Feathered Serpent, one of the major deities of the ancient Mexican pantheon. Representations of a feathered snake occur as early as the Teotihuacán civilization (3rd to 8th

  • Quetzalcóatl, Temple of (temple, Teotihuacán, Mexico)

    Teotihuacán: …Citadel stands the Temple of Quetzalcóatl (the Feathered Serpent) in the form of a truncated pyramid; projecting from its ornately decorated walls are numerous stone heads of the deity. The temple walls were once painted in hematite red. Excavations of the Citadel were first carried out during the period 1917–20.…

  • Quetzalcoatlus (fossil reptile genus)

    Cretaceous Period: Terrestrial life: One pterosaur, Quetzalcoatlus, from the latest Cretaceous of what is now Texas (U.S.), had a wingspan of about 15 metres (49 feet). Birds developed from a reptilian ancestor during the Jurassic and Cretaceous. Hesperornis was a Cretaceous genus of flightless diving bird that had large feet and…

  • Quetzaltenango (Guatemala)

    Quetzaltenango, city, southwestern Guatemala, 7,656 feet (2,334 metres) above sea level near the foot of the Santa María volcano. The city’s high elevation causes the temperature to drop below freezing in the dry season. It is near the site of the battle in which the Spanish and their Indian allies

  • Queue, The (novel by Sorokin)

    Vladimir Georgievich Sorokin: …in Paris of Ochered’ (The Queue), a satire on the ordinariness of Soviet life that was written as a string of dialogue between people waiting in line to purchase goods from a store. The Queue, which consists of a formless narrative that fails to attribute dialogue and represents a…

  • queuing theory (mathematics)

    Queuing theory, subject in operations research that deals with the problem of providing adequate but economical service facilities involving unpredictable numbers and times or similar sequences. In queuing theory the term customers is used, whether referring to people or things, in correlating such

  • queule family (plant family)

    Laurales: Distribution and abundance: Gomortegaceae, or the queule family, consists of a single species, Gomortega keule, which is a rare species native to central Chile.

  • Quevedo y Villegas, Francisco Gómez de (Spanish writer)

    Francisco Gómez de Quevedo y Villegas, poet and master satirist of Spain’s Golden Age, who, as a virtuoso of language, is unequaled in Spanish literature. Quevedo was born to a family of wealth and distinction. He studied at the universities of Alcalá and Valladolid from 1596 to 1606, was versed in

  • Quevedo, Juan de (Spanish bishop)

    Vasco Nú?ez de Balboa: Sighting of the Pacific: The first bishop of Darién, Juan de Quevedo, sought to act as peacemaker and arranged a temporary reconciliation; in a turnabout Pedrarias by proxy betrothed his daughter María in Spain to Balboa. But the underlying causes of friction remained. The suspicious Pedrarias pursued a tortuous policy designed to frustrate Balboa…

  • Queyras (valley, France)

    Queyras, high Alpine valley of the Guil River in Hautes-Alpes département, Provence-Alpes-C?te d’Azur région, southwestern France. The Queyras extends from the confluence of the Guil and Durance rivers (near the village of Mont-Dauphin) northeastward to Abriès and then southeastward to the Italian

  • Quezada Toru?o, Rodolfo Ignacio Cardinal (Guatemalan Roman Catholic cleric)

    Rodolfo Ignacio Cardinal Quezada Toru?o, Guatemalan Roman Catholic cleric (born March 8, 1932, Guatemala City, Guat.—died June 4, 2012, Guatemala City), served as a key mediator (1987–94; 1996) between the government and Marxist guerrillas of the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity in his

  • Quezon City (Philippines)

    Quezon City, chartered city and capital of the Philippines from 1948 to 1976. The city is located immediately northeast of Manila, in central Luzon. Named for President Manuel Luis Quezon, who selected the site (formerly a private estate) in 1939, it officially replaced Manila as the capital in

  • Quezon y Molina, Manuel Luis (president of Philippines)

    Manuel Quezon, Filipino statesman, leader of the independence movement, and first president of the Philippine Commonwealth established under U.S. tutelage in 1935. Quezon was the son of a schoolteacher and small landholder of Tagalog descent on the island of Luzon. He cut short his law studies at

  • Quezon, Manuel (president of Philippines)

    Manuel Quezon, Filipino statesman, leader of the independence movement, and first president of the Philippine Commonwealth established under U.S. tutelage in 1935. Quezon was the son of a schoolteacher and small landholder of Tagalog descent on the island of Luzon. He cut short his law studies at

  • Qufu (China)

    Qufu, city, Shandong sheng (province), eastern China. It lies 70 miles (110 km) south of Jinan. In ancient times Qufu was the capital of the small independent state of Lu, which flourished from the 6th to the 4th century bce. It was established as a county-level city in 1986. Qufu is best known as

  • Qui coelum (bull by Urban IV)

    Germany: The Great Interregnum: …summarized in Urban IV’s bull Qui coelum (1263), which assumed that the exclusive right of election lay with the seven leading princes involved in the double election of 1257.

  • Qui Nhon (Vietnam)

    Qui Nhon, city, south-central Vietnam. It is on the coast of the South China Sea at the entrance to the shallow 17-mile- (27-km-) long Qui Nhon Bay, which trends north-south. The port was opened to French trade in 1874, the harbour serving as an open roadstead for larger ships until after World War

  • Quia emptores terrarum… (England [1290])

    Statute of Quia Emptores, English law of 1290 that forbade subinfeudation, the process whereby one tenant granted land to another who then considered the grantor his lord. Thus, after passage of the Quia Emptores, if A granted land to B in fee simple, B’s lord would not be A but A’s lord. The

  • Quia Emptores, Statute of (England [1290])

    Statute of Quia Emptores, English law of 1290 that forbade subinfeudation, the process whereby one tenant granted land to another who then considered the grantor his lord. Thus, after passage of the Quia Emptores, if A granted land to B in fee simple, B’s lord would not be A but A’s lord. The

  • Quibdó (Colombia)

    Quibdó, city, western Colombia, on the Atrato River, in the Pacific coastal plain. It receives more than 420 inches (10,700 mm) of rain per year, which probably exceeds that of any other equatorial area on Earth. Founded in 1654 as San Francisco de Quibdó, the city has served as Chocó’s capital

  • Quiberon Bay, Battle of (European history)

    Edward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke: …squadron and drove it into Quiberon Bay. During a three-hour battle and its aftermath, nine French ships were destroyed, and the French unit was rendered incapable of further aggressive action. Hawke then retired from sea duty. He served as first lord of the Admiralty from 1766 to 1771 and was…

  • Quibi (streaming service)

    Jeffrey Katzenberg: One of its ventures was Quibi (formerly NewTV), a start-up focusing on short-form videos for mobile devices. The app was launched in April 2020.

  • Quibo Island (island, Panama)

    Coiba Island, Central American island of Panama in the Pacific Ocean. Lying 15 miles (24 km) offshore and separated from the mainland by the Gulf of Montijo on the east and the Gulf of Chiriquí on the northwest, the island measures about 20 miles from north to south and 10 miles from east to west.

  • quiche (pie)

    custard: …encountered, the most notable being quiche, a French tart with a filling of custard flavoured with cheese, onions, ham or bacon, or chopped vegetables.

  • Quiché (people)

    K’iche’, Mayan people living in the midwestern highlands of Guatemala. The K’iche’ had an advanced civilization in pre-Columbian times, with a high level of political and social organization. Archaeological remains show large population centres and a complex class structure. Written records of

  • Quiché language

    K’iche’ language, member of the K’ichean (Quichean) subgroup of the Mayan family of languages, spoken in the western highlands of central Guatemala by nearly one million people. It is most closely related to Kaqchikel, Tz’utujil, Sakapulteko (Sacapultec), and Sipakapense (Sipacape?o) languages of

  • Quicheberg, Samuel van (author)

    museum: Specialized personal collections: In 1565 Samuel van Quicheberg published a work on the nature of collections, advocating that they represent a systematic classification of all materials in the universe. His view reflects a spirit of system and rational inquiry that had begun to emerge in Europe. Collections of natural and…

  • Quicherat, Jules-étienne-Joseph (French historian)

    Jules Quicherat, French historian and pioneering archaeologist who was a major force in French scholarship during the 19th century. Quicherat was educated at the Collège de Sainte-Barbe and completed his studies at the école des Chartes in 1835. Following work with the Bibliothèque Royale, he

  • Quichotte (novel by Rushdie)

    Salman Rushdie: His next novel, Quichotte (2019), was inspired by Cervantes’s Don Quixote.

  • Quichua (language)

    Ecuador: The colonial period: The Spaniards used Quichua as a language of evangelization—at one period missionaries were required to know the language—and continued to spread it orally by means of Quichua speakers who travelled with them in further conquests.

  • quick (pedology)

    dam: Weaknesses of earthfill: …and reach a condition called quick, in which it behaves as a fluid. Even if it does not reach this condition, there is often some weakening of its structure, and steps must be taken to counter this.

  • Quick Before It Melts (film by Mann [1964])

    Delbert Mann: Feature films: Quick Before It Melts (1964) was an unsatisfying comedy about a researcher (George Maharis) at an Antarctic compound, and Mister Buddwing (1966) was a pallid drama about an amnesia victim (James Garner) trying to learn about his past life. The lacklustre comedy Fitzwilly (1967) centres…

  • quick chess (chess)

    chess: Quick chess: Early chess clocks often broke down after repeated use. Sturdier clocks, appearing after World War I, made possible a new form of casual chess, played at extremely fast speeds, such as five-minute sudden-death games, which proved extremely popular among younger players.

  • quick grass (plant)

    Quack grass, (Elymus repens), rapidly spreading grass of the family Poaceae. Quack grass is native to Europe and has been introduced to other north temperate areas for forage or erosion control. In cultivated lands, it is often considered a weed because of its persistence. The plant has been used

  • quick method (cookery)

    cake: In the quick-dump, or one-bowl, method, all the ingredients except the leavening agent are put into a bowl and mixed vigorously (preferably with a power mixer), the leavening agent added, and mixing completed. As a modification of the method, the eggs and part of the milk may be added…

  • quick point (needlepoint)

    needlepoint: …7, it is known as quick point. From the 16th to the 18th century most needlepoint was petit point with 20 to 45 squares per linear inch.

  • Quick Response Code (barcode)

    QR Code, a type of bar code that consists of a printed square pattern of small black and white squares that encode data which can be scanned into a computer system. The black and white squares can represent numbers from 0 to 9, letters from A to Z, or characters in non-Latin scripts such as

  • Quick, Charlotte Louise Van Der Veer (American philanthropist)

    Charlotte Mason, American philanthropist who for a time encouraged many artists of the Harlem Renaissance. Known as “Godmother,” she was a generous patron, but her controlling nature often caused conflict with her beneficiaries. Mason was born into a wealthy family. She married a prominent

  • Quick, Richard (American swim coach)

    Richard Quick, American swim coach (born Jan. 31, 1943, Akron, Ohio—died June 10, 2009, Austin, Texas), led numerous American swimmers to collegiate and Olympic victory in a career of more than 30 years. Beginning in 1984, Quick coached for six consecutive Olympic Games; he was head coach for the

  • quick-quiet BOP (metallurgy)

    basic oxygen process: …in North America and the OBM (from the German, Oxygen bodenblasen Maxhuette, or “oxygen bottom-blowing furnace”) in Europe. In this system, oxygen is injected with lime through nozzles, or tuyeres, located in the bottom of the vessel. The tuyeres consist of two concentric tubes: oxygen and lime are introduced through…

  • quickbeam (plant)

    mountain ash: Common species: …also called dogberry, and the European mountain ash (S. aucuparia), also called rowan-berry, or quickbeam. Both are handsome trees, the European growing to 18 metres (60 feet), twice the height of the American species, and yielding several cultivated varieties popular in landscaping.

  • Quickborn (work by Groth)

    Klaus Groth: …German regional poet whose book Quickborn (1853) first revealed the poetic possibilities of Plattdeutsch (Low German).

  • quicklime (chemical compound)

    calcium: Compounds: Calcium oxide, CaO, also known as lime or more specifically quicklime, is a white or grayish white solid produced in large quantities by roasting calcium carbonate so as to drive off carbon dioxide. At room temperature, CaO will spontaneously absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere,…

  • Quickly, Mistress (fictional character)

    The Merry Wives of Windsor: …three suitors use Caius’s servant Mistress Quickly to argue their case to young Anne. Slender is favoured by Master Page, who devises a plan for Slender and Anne to elope after the play’s climactic scene. Mistress Page, who favours Caius as a son-in-law, devises a similar plan.

  • quickplay (chess)

    chess: Quick chess: This control, variously called action chess, active chess, quickplay, and game/25, became popular because it provided a livelier tempo in which an entire tournament could be completed in an evening.

  • quicksand (geology)

    Quicksand, state in which saturated sand loses its supporting capacity and acquires the character of a liquid. Quicksand is usually found in hollows at the mouths of large rivers or along flat stretches of streams or beaches where pools of water become partially filled with sand and an underlying

  • Quicksand (novel by Larsen)

    Nella Larsen: Her first novel, Quicksand (1928), concerns a young, headstrong biracial woman who seeks love, acceptance, and a sense of purpose, only to be mired in an emotional morass of her own creation. Her second novel, Passing (1929), centres on two light-skinned women, one of whom, Irene, marries a…

  • quicksilver (chemical element)

    Mercury (Hg), chemical element, liquid metal of Group 12 (IIb, or zinc group) of the periodic table. atomic number 80 atomic weight 200.59 melting point ?38.87 °C (?37.97 °F) boiling point 356.9 °C (674 °F) specific gravity 13.5 at 20 °C (68 °F) valence 1, 2 electron configuration 2-8-18-32-18-2 or

  • Quicksort (computer science)

    Tony Hoare: At that time, Hoare devised Quicksort, a computer algorithm for efficiently looking up information in computer tables.

  • quickstep (dance)

    Western dance: Latin-American and jazz dances: …trot, the fox-trot, and the quickstep, performed to the new jagged rhythms. These rhythms were African in origin, whether from the Latin-American tangos and rumbas or from the Afro-American jazz. It is impossible to say how far this music was reduced in intensity from its original forms, but its influence…

  • QuickTime (file-compression and translation format)

    QuickTime, file-compression and translation format developed by Apple Computer that facilitates the distribution of audio-visual material over computer networks such as the Internet and contributes to the multimedia environment of the World Wide Web (the leading information retrieval service of the

  • Quicumque vult (Christianity)

    Athanasian Creed, a Christian profession of faith in about 40 verses. It is regarded as authoritative in the Roman Catholic and some Protestant churches. It has two sections, one dealing with the Trinity and the other with the Incarnation; and it begins and ends with stern warnings that unswerving

  • Quidam Vestrum (papal bull)

    Scotland: Medieval economy and society: …and in 1225 the bull Quidam vestrum permitted the Scottish church, lacking a metropolitan see, to hold provincial councils by authority of Rome. However, such councils, which might have served to check abuses, were seldom held.

  • Quidde, Ludwig (German historian and politician)

    Ludwig Quidde, historian, politician, and one of the most prominent German pacifists of the early 20th century. He was the cowinner (with Ferdinand-édouard Buisson) of the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1927. During 1889–96 he was editor of the Deutsche Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft and in 1890

  • Quidditch Through the Ages (book by Rowling)

    J.K. Rowling: …that featured screenplays by Rowling; Quidditch Through the Ages (2001); and The Tales of Beedle the Bard (2008)—all of which originated as books read by Harry Potter and his friends within the fictional world of the series. Proceeds from their sales were donated to charity. She later cowrote a story…

  • Quidi Vidi Battery (ramparts, Newfoundland, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada)

    St. John's: The Quidi Vidi Battery, which once guarded the entrance to a small fishing harbour east of Signal Hill leading to a small lake, has been restored to its 1812 appearance; the annual (August) regatta, held since 1828 on the lake, is one of the oldest organized…

  • Quidor, John (American painter)

    John Quidor, American genre painter and artisan. In 17 of his approximately 35 paintings he depicted subjects from Washington Irving’s stories: e.g., the paintings Ichabod Crane at the Van Tassel’s Ball (1855), The Money Diggers (1832), and Rip Van Winkle (1829). At age nine Quidor moved with his

  • Quidort, Jean (French theologian)

    John of Paris, Dominican monk, philosopher, and theologian who advanced important ideas concerning papal authority and the separation of church and state and who held controversial views on the nature of the Eucharist. A lecturer at the University of Paris and the author of several works defending

  • Quidort, Jean (French theologian)

    John of Paris, Dominican monk, philosopher, and theologian who advanced important ideas concerning papal authority and the separation of church and state and who held controversial views on the nature of the Eucharist. A lecturer at the University of Paris and the author of several works defending

  • Quidort, John (French theologian)

    John of Paris, Dominican monk, philosopher, and theologian who advanced important ideas concerning papal authority and the separation of church and state and who held controversial views on the nature of the Eucharist. A lecturer at the University of Paris and the author of several works defending

  • quiescent centre (plant anatomy)

    plant development: The root tip: The discovery of the “quiescent centre” in the root apex has clarified many features, however. The quiescent centre is a group of cells, up to 1,000 in number, in the form of a hemisphere, with the flat face toward the root tip; it lies at the centre of the…

  • quiescent prominence (astronomy)

    solar prominence: …two main types, active and quiescent. Active prominences erupt quickly and have lifetimes lasting from several minutes to a few hours. They are associated with sunspot groups and, like these, are correlated in numbers and activity with the solar cycle. Quiescent prominences tend to emerge smoothly and subside much more…

  • quiescent solar prominence (astronomy)

    solar prominence: …two main types, active and quiescent. Active prominences erupt quickly and have lifetimes lasting from several minutes to a few hours. They are associated with sunspot groups and, like these, are correlated in numbers and activity with the solar cycle. Quiescent prominences tend to emerge smoothly and subside much more…

  • Quiet American, The (film by Noyce [2002])

    Robert Schenkkan: Schenkkan’s film work included The Quiet American (2002) and Hacksaw Ridge (2016).

  • Quiet American, The (novel by Greene)

    The Quiet American, novel by Graham Greene, combining a murder mystery with a cautionary tale of Western involvement in Vietnam. It was first published in 1955, at the beginning of the U.S. involvement in Vietnamese politics, and it proved to be prophetic. The novel concerns the relationship

  • Quiet American, The (film by Mankiewicz [1958])

    Joseph L. Mankiewicz: Films of the 1950s: The Quiet American (1958) was a bowdlerized version of Graham Greene’s novel about a mysterious American (Audie Murphy) in Saigon, Vietnam, who finds himself at odds with a cynical British reporter (Michael Redgrave). Suddenly, Last Summer

  • Quiet Girl, The (novel by H?eg)

    Peter H?eg: …published Den stille pige (2006; The Quiet Girl), a complex thriller about a circus clown who uses his heightened sense of hearing to search for a young girl gone missing. The novel’s poor reviews compelled H?eg to retreat further from the literary spotlight. Despite the positive reception for his 2010…

  • Quiet Man, The (film by Ford [1952])

    The Quiet Man, American romantic comedy film, released in 1952, that paid homage to director John Ford’s ancestral Ireland; the film was noted for its lush photography and memorable fight scene between its leading male characters. John Wayne portrayed ex-boxer Sean Thornton, Ford’s thinly disguised

  • Quiet One, The (documentary by Meyers)

    Helen Levitt: …and painter Janice Loeb on The Quiet One, a prizewinning documentary about a young African American boy, and with Agee and Loeb on the film In the Street, which captures everyday life in East Harlem. For the next decade she concentrated on film editing and directing. In 1959 and 1960…

  • Quiet Place, A (film by Krasinski [2018])

    Emily Blunt: …starred in the horror movie A Quiet Place (2018), about a young family attempting to survive in a world that has been invaded by monsters that kill at any sound. Her husband, John Krasinski, whom she married in 2010, costarred in and directed the film. In Mary Poppins Returns (2018)…

  • Quiet Revolution (Canadian history)

    Quiet Revolution, period of rapid social and political change experienced in Québec during the 1960s. This vivid yet paradoxical description of the period was first used by an anonymous writer in The Globe and Mail. Although Québec was a highly industrialized, urban, and relatively outward-looking

  • quiet storm (radio format)

    urban contemporary music: …nearly synonymous formats, retronuevo and quiet storm (the latter named after a Smokey Robinson hit); both were characterized by a subtle, smooth musical approach that looked back to the rhythm-and-blues ballad tradition. Among the artists who found the greatest success in these formats were Anita Baker and Luther Vandross, both…

  • Quietism (religious doctrine)

    Quietism, a doctrine of Christian spirituality that, in general, holds that perfection consists in passivity (quiet) of the soul, in the suppression of human effort so that divine action may have full play. Quietistic elements have been discerned in several religious movements, both Christian and

  • Quigley, Jane (American actress)

    Jane Alexander, American actress who, in addition to achieving a successful performance career, became the first actor to chair the National Endowment for the Arts (1993–97). Alexander grew up in Brookline, a suburb of Boston. In 1957 she enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College, and two years later she

  • Quigley, Martin (American publisher)

    history of the motion picture: The Hollywood studio system: Lord, a Jesuit priest, and Martin Quigley, a Catholic publisher, coauthored the code whose provisions would dictate the content of American motion pictures, without exception, for the next 20 years.

  • Quiinaceae (plant family)

    Malpighiales: Ochnaceae, Medusagynaceae, and Quiinaceae: Quiinaceae contains 4 genera and 55 species of evergreen trees or, less often, lianas, all from the Neotropics. The main genera are Quiina (about 25 species) and Lacunaria (12 species). The leaves are opposite, often compound, strongly stipulate, and with toothed margins. The pattern made…

  • QuikClot (hemostatic agent)

    battlefield medicine: …extract from shrimp shells), and QuikClot, which is made with inorganic zeolite granules.

  • Quilapayún (Chilean music group)

    nueva canción: The formative years: the late 1950s through the ’60s: Those were Quilapayún (Mapuche language: “Three Beards”), formed in 1965 and for several years associated with Jara, and Inti-Illimani (Aymara language: “Sun of the Illimani [a mountain in the Andes]”), formed in 1967. Both groups projected a strongly Andean image.

  • Quilico, Louis (Canadian singer)

    Louis Quilico, Canadian opera singer (born Jan. 14, 1925, Montreal, Que.—died July 15, 2000, Toronto, Ont.), was an acclaimed baritone who sang more than 80 opera roles during a career that spanned nearly five decades. As a young man, Quilico won a scholarship to study at the Conservatorio di M

  • quill (music)

    keyboard instrument: Plucking mechanism: …the quill, plastic, or leather plectrum that does the actual plucking; the smaller slot holds a piece of cloth that rests on the string and silences it when the key is not depressed. When the harpsichordist pushes down on a key, the back end rises, lifting the jack and forcing…

  • quill (writing implement)

    drawing: Pens: …of sorts, that of the quill pen opens up a far wider range of possibilities. Ever since the rise of drawing in Western art—that is, since the late Middle Ages—the quill has been the most frequently used instrument for applying liquid mediums to the drawing surface. The importance accorded to…

  • quill (in mammals)

    hair: …of the porcupine are called quills and serve defensive purposes.

  • quill (feather)

    Quill, hollow, horny barrel of a bird’s feather, used as the principal writing instrument from the 6th century until the mid-19th century, when steel pen points were introduced. The strongest quills were obtained from living birds in their new growth period in the spring. Only the five outer wing

  • quill pen (writing implement)

    drawing: Pens: …of sorts, that of the quill pen opens up a far wider range of possibilities. Ever since the rise of drawing in Western art—that is, since the late Middle Ages—the quill has been the most frequently used instrument for applying liquid mediums to the drawing surface. The importance accorded to…

  • quill pig (rodent)

    Porcupine, any of 25 species of large, herbivorous, quill-bearing rodents active from early evening to dawn. All have short, stocky legs, but their tails range from short to long, with some being prehensile. The quills, or spines, take various forms depending on the species, but all are modified

  • Quill, Monica (American scholar and mystery writer)

    Ralph Matthew McInerny, (Harry Austin; Matthew Fitzralph; Ernan Mackey; Edward Mackin; Monica Quill), American scholar and mystery writer (born Feb. 24, 1929, Minneapolis, Minn.—died Jan. 29, 2010, Mishawaka, Ind.), had a dual career as a medieval scholar (1955–2009) at the University of Notre

  • Quill, The (volcano, Sint Eustatius, Caribbean Sea)

    Sint Eustatius: …of one of the volcanoes, The Quill, arid conditions prevail and xerophytic plants (adapted to growth with limited water) predominate. The remainder of the island is covered with tough, thorny bushes and trees, many of which lose their leaves during the dry season.

  • Quillen, Daniel Gray (American mathematician)

    Daniel Gray Quillen, American mathematician who was awarded the Fields Medal in 1978 for contributions to algebraic K-theory. Quillen attended Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. (Ph.D., 1969), and held appointments at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1973–88) and the Mathematical

  • Quiller Memorandum, The (film by Anderson [1966])

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